Camp Twin Lakes provides year-round, fully-adaptive, and deeply impactful camp experiences to nearly 10,000 of Georgia’s children and young adults each year, helping each camper grow in their confidence and experience the joys of childhood. Our intentionally-designed programs help campers overcome obstacles as they learn new skills to more independently manage their challenges. As they make memories with their peers, the isolation they often feel vanishes in the comfort of new friendships forged by the strongest of bonds—the challenges they have in common.
The magic happens at our camp sites in Rutledge and Winder, Georgia, through Camp-To-Go programs at children’s hospitals throughout the state, and even online.
Before Camp Twin Lakes opened in 1993, special needs groups in Georgia lacked adequate facilities to support camp programs for children with serious illnesses, disabilities, and other life challenges. Camp Twin Lakes founder Doug Hertz saw this need and had the courage and the vision to create a solution. Almost 30 years later, Camp Twin Lakes powers a vital network of over 60 closely aligned partner organizations.
We bring our proven expertise in therapeutic, adaptable programming, state-of-the-art camp sites, healthy and kid-friendly food services customized to each camper’s dietary needs, highly trained staff, and devoted volunteers.
Camp Partners bring expertise in each diagnosis or challenge and recruit campers, volunteer cabin counselors, and medical support staff. This collaboration ensures that Camp Twin Lakes and our Camp Partners share resources to maximize impact and best meet the needs of each camper.
Take a look at our Camp Calendar for the dates when Camp Partners will be hosting programs at Camp Twin Lakes or click here to download a printable version of our Camp Partners list. To find the right camp for you or your child by diagnosis, click here. If you’re affiliated with an organization that is interested in becoming a Camp Partner, please contact us!
Every summer, Camp serves thousands of children from across the southeast during weeklong overnight camping programs. Each week Camp serves a different unique diagnosis or life challenge at our two medically-supported campuses in Winder and Rutledge, GA. This allows campers to instantly be a part of a community of other kids with similar challenges. At Camp, children with special healthcare needs and life challenges can participate in our fully-adaptive camp activities, such as zip lines, rock walls, and horseback riding, as well as our nature programming, which includes interactive nature exploration trails, a wheelchair accessible green treehouse, stargazing programs, and our 120-acre farm. Most of our summer camps serve kids ages 7-17 (ages vary per program).
The impact of Camp reaches beyond one week, beyond the simple joys of childhood, and beyond fond memories of summer camp. Our camping programs are intentionally designed to provide our campers with opportunities to learn new skills, develop a sense of community, and achieve personal growth. In a safe, supportive, and fun environment, campers can take risks and try new things, which lead to greater confidence and independence. As campers grow older, they are able to develop their leadership skills and learn how they can overcome and even use their unique challenges for the good in their own lives and in their communities.
During the school year, Camp provides weekend programs for campers and their families. Each weekend, Camp serves a different unique diagnosis or life challenge at our two medically-supported campuses in Winder and Rutledge, GA. Families enjoy camp activities together and gain valuable support and resources from other families facing similar challenges, and campers have more opportunities to practice skills they learned at summer camp.
Weekend retreats are vital to increasing camper touchpoints, giving campers an opportunity to reunite with their community, including families in their child’s growth and development, and providing respite for parents and caregivers.
Camp To Go
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Camp Twin Lakes is more than just overnight camps- we’re taking Camp…to go! Camp Twin Lakes brings our intentional camp programs into children’s hospitals and clinics throughout Georgia.
Through Camp-To-Go, Camp Twin Lakes reaches even more children and brings joy to families that call the hospital home. Camp-To-Go designs camp programs to match patients’ abilities, while also helping them reach goals set by the clinical team. This experience brings families and children on the hospital floor together, connecting over fun activities. The experience comes complete with an “indoor campfire” and s’mores!
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Military Family Programs
Camp Twin Lakes provides several weekend retreats for active and retired service members and their immediate family members who have been affected by combat service and the Global War on Terror. These camps offer service members, veterans, and their families a fully-accessible camp experience and new skills to take home once they leave camp. As a family, our campers have the opportunity to reconnect and rebuild their foundation in a relaxing and supportive environment. We also offer workshops and various skill-based programs in addition to outside resources to use once participants leave camp
To learn more about attending or volunteering with one of our veteran programs, click here.
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If you are interested in starting a program for veterans or active duty military and their families, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Teens can participate in off-site adventure programs at The Retreat at Tri-Mountain, which sits atop a beautiful mountain setting in North Georgia. It hosts a flat and level tent camping area, a full his-and-hers bath house, a cooking pavilion and shelter, multiple campfire pits, miles of hiking trails, a swimming lake, a fishing lake, and many outdoor recreation opportunities.
During their time at Tri-Mountain, campers will sleep in traditional dome style tents, cook over open fire, and learn about outdoor living skills. Campers will develop leadership skills, learn independence, develop a sense of community and teamwork, and gain a new appreciation for nature.
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Family Getaway Weekends
Support Camp – and Have Fun Doing It!
Stuck at home? Not able to take that big trip you had planned? If your family is in need of some R&R and a break from being home, a Camp Twin Lakes Family Getaway Weekend is exactly what you need! Your family can take a much-deserved break and relax, knowing your weekend is in good hands. Your stay will not only be fun, it will also help ensure Camp Twin Lakes can continue to serve campers with illnesses, disabilities, and life challenges, who need the community and respite of Camp more than ever.
A Getaway Weekend is an all-inclusive retreat for you and your family with your own cabin, camp activities, full-service meals (or grab-and-go options!), and relaxing time in the great outdoors. Click here to see a weekend schedule.* You can customize and enjoy your weekend in a safe, clean, and socially distant environment. Click here to learn more about our COVID-19 Safety Precautions.
*Schedule subject to change.
“It’s been such a tough year, so our family was so glad to be able to break away for the weekend. We had a wonderful time! Definitely the respite that we needed.”
– Family Weekend Camper
A weekend is $150/person for campers over the age of 5. This includes housing, meals, snacks, cleaning fees, at least SIX excursion activities, use of open activity areas, and evening events for your entire family!
March 19-21 at Camp Twin Lakes Will-A-Way
April 9-11 at Camp Twin Lakes Will-A-Way
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